Special Recipe

by Sue Johnson She called it Pumpkin Spiced Latte and they believed her. Anything up to two hundred people queued every day outside Winnie’s coffee shack. School kids, businessmen, art students, builders, ragamuffins and clowns waited their turn for a take-away carton of the magic brew. Nobody could actually say what the special ingredient was. … Continue reading Special Recipe


by Sue Johnson   Jenna sat on the edge of the flower-patterned armchair, watching her grandmother as she sipped her tea from the pink bone china cup. Her hair was in neat grey waves around her head. She looked like she'd never had a problem in her life. Jenna knew her mother had told her … Continue reading Herewith

Moving On

by Sue Johnson   I walked a different way home. I’d read something in a magazine about taking baby steps away from a destructive relationship. Up till now, I’d stayed with Sam, fearful of leaving the security of a house, the familiar objects that surrounded me. Our last row convinced me I needed to act. … Continue reading Moving On

Misty Night

by Sue Johnson   It was a night like this when Megan disappeared ten years ago. The path and the skeletal trees looked as if they’d been dipped in sugar frosting. White mist rose and swirled like ghosts across the water meadows. I stood at one end of the bridge and gazed down at the … Continue reading Misty Night

Stained Glass

by Sue Johnson   Alice planned to give the stained glass panel to her mother for her 80th birthday in March. At the moment, it was a pile of fragments of coloured glass – gold, apricot, lavender and raspberry. The other group members who had done the course before were miles ahead of Alice. The … Continue reading Stained Glass

The Dare

by Sue Johnson   Jed stared from the balcony across the waste ground where the old cooling towers stood. It had seemed simple last night when he’d accepted the dare. “Just climb to the top and you can be part of our gang.” “Yeah – cool,” he’d said, his reply fuelled by cheap cider. He’d … Continue reading The Dare